Baltimore City team previews


City Knights

1995-96 record: 4-3

Coach: Bernie Leneau

Top wrestlers: Chris Perkins, Sr., heavyweight; Maurice Ashe, Sr., 160; Dominique Camper, Sr., 152; Desmond Foster, Jr., 189; James Thaxton, Jr., 171; Jason Hurtt, Jr., 125; Mark King, Jr., 119.

Outlook: Leneau had a turnout of 20 wrestlers, and with Perkins (third region), Foster (third city), Hurtt (fourth city) and Camper leading the way, the Knights could surprise.

Carver Bears

1995-96 record: None

Coach: Kama Owens

Top wrestlers: Marvin Anderson, So., 130; Baraa Monroe, Fr., 119.

Outlook: As a Carver senior in 1993-94, Owens finished 25-7, was city runner-up, fourth-place Maryland Scholastic Association finisher and third-place regional finisher. The hope is his example can revive this program, which folded last year.

Curley Friars

1995-96 record: 12-1

Coach: Alan Gebhart

Top wrestlers: Sal Aquia, Sr., 160; Mike Boettcher, Jr., 135-140; Paul Boettcher, So., 125; Mike Frey, So., 112; Brian Bricker, So., 103.

Outlook: Last weekend's third-place finish at their own tournament -- behind Mount St. Joseph and DeMatha -- shows the Friars adjusted without the presence of a key wrestler who decided to focus on another sport. Curley still is very dangerous.

Douglass Ducks

1995-96 record: 0-5

Coach: Wayne Smith

Top wrestlers: Reggie Jones, Sr., 189; Melvin Bowman, Sr., 119.

Outlook: With just seven wrestlers turning out, coach Smith will try to fulfill individual goals. Jones is his best prospect.

Dunbar Poets

1995-96 record: 2-6

Coach: Mike Hendricks

Top wrestlers: James Langley, Sr., 152; Dennis Perry, Jr., 140; Ricardo Manderson, Jr., 160.

Outlook: Perry (16-3) was a city champ and a region runner-up, but only nine other wrestlers are in the training room. "The bright side is that the experienced wrestlers are teaching the less experienced," Hendricks said.

Edmondson Redskins

1995-96 record: 3-6

Coach: Eric Washington

Top wrestlers: Dante Connor, Sr., heavyweight; Antonio Demory, 140; Melvin Hope, Jr., 125-130; Georon Bowers, Jr., 119-125.

Outlook: Washington had 14 kids in his initial practice. The best is Demory, third in last year's city tournament.

Friends Quakers

1995-96 record: 5-12

Coach: Tom Lamonica

Top wrestlers: Mark Spurrier, Jr., 119; Justin Goldberg, Jr., 140; Scott Siesla, Jr., 160; Joe Johnston, Jr., 189.

Outlook: Lamonica's best wrestlers are Goldberg, Spurrier and Siesla, and he hopes they can carry the leadership load for an inexperienced squad.

Gilman Greyhounds

1995-96 record: 10-3

Coach: Mark Harbold

Top wrestlers: Bill Bupert, Sr., 152; Mike Swann, Sr., 152; Mike Machin, Jr., 125; Pat Boyle, Jr., 160; Terence Yoon, Jr., 119; Hill Woods, Jr., 125; Ryan Humphrey, Jr., 135; Damian Davis, So., 171; Thomas Yoon, So., 112; David Schauble, So., 112; Tim Webb, So., 130.

Outlook: Harbold lost a lot of experience to graduation but has lots of young junior-league talent that is unproven in the MIAA. Davis was MIAA and private schools' state runner-up, and he'll be supported by junior leaguers Tyrone Bowie (103) and Brian Lewis (145).

Mervo Mustangs

1995-96 record: 6-2

Coach: Dwight Warren

Top wrestlers: Aaron Brown, Jr., heavyweight; Rashaan Torian, Jr., 189.

Outlook: Brown (23-4) was a city runner-up, region champ and fourth at the Class 3A-4A states. Torian (17-8) was runner-up in both the city and regions. Otherwise, Warren says he's looking at entirely new and raw talent.

Mount St. Joseph Gaels

1995-96 record: 11-0

Coach: Paul Triplett

Top wrestlers: Ben Dyer, Sr., heavyweight; Dan Mattson, Sr., 145; Eric Shafer, Jr., 140; Ron Cooper, Jr., 160; Mike Schaal, Jr., 152; Marc Hoffman, Jr., 135; Mark Fecteau, Jr., 103; Kyle Chiaverini, So., 125; Brett Gendron, So., 112-119; Steve Lanciotti, Fr., 103.

Outlook: The Gaels are loaded with young talent, starting with Mattson, a returning MIAA champ and state runner-up. Shafer and Dyer each were MIAA and state runners-up -- Shafer, for the second time in each. Other MIAA runners-up were Cooper (third in states) and Chiaverini (fourth in states). Gendron was third in the MIAAs, fourth at states, Schaal, fourth at MIAAs, and Hoffman, fifth at states.

Northern Vikings

1995-96 record: 5-3

Coach: Dwight Green (first year)

Top wrestlers: Corey Rideout, Jr., 130; Victor Gee, Jr., 135; Obin Robenson, 103; Antoine Haskins, 112.

Outlook: Green had a 15-wrestler turnout. Rideout, a city runner-up last season, is the most experienced.

Patterson Clippers

1995-96 record: 11-2

Coach: Troy Stevenson

Top wrestlers: Charles Harris, Sr., 119; Lloyd Chavis, Sr., 145; Jimmy Walker, So., 130; Claude Marrow, Sr., heavyweight; Leonard Bridgeforth, Jr., 160; Edward Kempe, Jr., 125; Aaron Jones, Jr., 119.

Outlook: This is a team to watch, led by two-time city-champ Marrow, a region runner-up last year, and city runner-up Bridgeforth. Jones was city champ, Harris was third in the city and Kempe fourth in both the city and region on a team that beat city tournament champ Southwestern. "It all depends on the kids' dedication," Stevenson said.

Poly Engineers

1995-96 record: 3-2

Coach: John Hammond

Top wrestlers: Aaron Saradpon, Sr., 112-119; Joe White, Sr., 152; Wayne Frazier, Sr., 171; Robert Hariston, Sr., 135; Lonnie Williams, So., 140-145; Chonan Bell, So., 130.

Outlook: Two-time city champ Saradpon (18-7) was fourth in the regions last year, Frazier was city runner-up and White (12 wins) was fourth in both the city and region. Williams and Hariston are ZTC looking to step up after each came within a victory of placing in the city. Williams also was one win from qualifying for states.

Southwestern Sabers

1995-96 record: 10-2

Coach: Fred Bullock

Top wrestlers: Ronnie Powell, Sr., 130; Andre Woodden, Sr., 135; Daniel Punnett, Sr., 160; Marshall Duvall, Sr., 171; Dominic West, Sr., 189; Jason Smith, So., 119.

Outlook: Powell (30-4) and Duvall each won city crowns -- Powell's second -- and were first and fourth respectively regionally. Powell, third in the region as a sophomore, is a state-title contender. Wooden was city runner-up, and West (16-6) third in the city and region. Both Smith and Punnett were third in the city.

Walbrook Warriors

1995-96 record: 7-3-1

Coach: Wavie Gibson

Top wrestlers: Warren Matthews, Sr., 135-140; Thorn Brown, Jr., 103; Shawn Brockington, Jr., 130; Gregory Gavin, Jr., 140.

Outlook: Gibson hopes his 16-wrestler turnout will succeed behind Brown, who was third in the city, and both Gavin and Matthews, who were fourth.

County wrestling

The wrestling previews for Baltimore and Harford counties will appear Sunday.

Pub Date: 12/06/96

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